Wells Fargo reiterates Outperform on Equifax after Congressional testimony
Wells Fargo analyst William Warmington reiterates an Outperform rating on Equifax with a $127 price target following three days of Congressional testimony by former CEO Rick Smith. The legislative proposals discussed were either high-probability/low-impact, like requiring companies meet minimum cybersecurity standards and have a reaction plan in event of a breach,or low-probability/high-impact, like allowing consumers to opt out of having Equifax track their data and mandatory per-account fines for data breaches, Warmington tells investors in a research note. The analyst expects investor focus to shift to Equifax's preliminary 2018 guidance on its upcoming Q3 earnings call. He thinks the company's long-term growth model remains intact and introduced above-consensus 2019 revenue and earnings per shares estimates of $3.77B and $6.80. Many investors expect 2018 to be a "transition year" with revenue and costs impacted by the breach, Warmington writes.